January 23, 2022

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Ivy Tech preps students for in-demand nursing assistant jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Leslie Neftzger has a degree in hospitality and operates a bed and breakfast in Logansport.

But for eight weeks this fall, Neftzger was at Ivy Tech Kokomo learning to be a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

It’s a high-in-demand job, and Neftzger and her classmates had offers prior to taking their state certification exams.

But she won’t be working at any of the facilities that would be happy to have her. Instead, Neftzger will provide in-home care to her parents.

“That’s why I’m doing it, so my parents don’t have to go there,” she said.


A certified nursing assistant is a patient’s advocate. A CNA interacts with patients on a daily basis. They relay important information to nurses and doctors.

“A residence’s lifeline,” Neftzger said.

But there’s a lot more to being a CNA, and Ivy Tech’s course teaches students all 72 skills needed for the job. Skills include how to prepare bedding, bathing patients, oral care and dealing with seizures.

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